Today’s post will be looking at some of the Ferrari Sports Racers at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed some of which will be familiar and others not.
Former British Hill Climb champion David Franklin was celebrating his first fifty years in motorsports driving Arnold Meiers svelt 1969 Ferrari 312 P Coupé chassis #0872 with which I first became familiar on my first visit to Goodwood in 2009.
Finally I believe the f.f. Course Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 above is or has been raced in British GT and or Britcar championship events, though I have yet to pin down it’s precise history or who was driving the car at Goodwood, if you can help please do not hesitate to chime in below.
Thanks for joining me on this “Ferrari Sports Car Racers” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a Formula Jr open wheel racer. Don’t forget to come back now !
Today’s featured Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is the ultimate road version of the 997 bodied GT3’s built between 2004 and 2012 topped only by the track only GT3 R and RSR models.
GT3 cars are marketed as an entry competition model to Porsche customers the first was offered on the 996 bodied 911 in 1999. The GT3 RS models come fitted with a roll cage and carbon fiber seats for added safety.
According to contemporary reports in Road & Track Porsche had to reopen the assembly line on which the 4 litre / 244 cui motor’s were built because the decision to build the GT3 RS 4.0 limited edition had come after the decision had been made to launch the new 991 bodied 911 series.
The GT3 RS 4.0 493hp and can accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and on up to 193 mph, making it fractionally quicker than the one off 1998 Porsche 911 GT-98 Straßenversion I looked at yesterday.
Only 600 GT3 RS 4.0s, like the one seen here at last years Family Club Day organised by the Bristol Motor Club at Castle Combe, were built and they were available only in black or white.
Thanks for joining me on this “Black Or White” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at some more Porsche Automobilia. Don’t forget to come back now !
The Porsche 997 GT3 RS is a road legal competition spec version of the 997 GT3 distinguishable from the 996 GT3 RS by its bug eye headlights.
Weighing 1,375 kg/ 3,031 lbs the 997 GT3 RS weighs 20 kgs / 44 lbs less than the 997 GT3 thanks to the plastic bonnet lid, plexi glass rear window and carbon fibre rear wing giving a power to weight ratio of 300 hp per tonne.
This 2009 version can accelerate from rest to 62.5 mph in 4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 193 mph.
The ’09 997 GT3 is powered by a 415 hp 3.8 litre / 231 cui normally aspirated water cooled flat 6. Around 1,500 of these vehicles were built many being raced in Europe and the United States.
Hope you have enjoyed to days road legal racing edition of ‘Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres’ and that you’ll join me tomorrow for something a little more pedestrian.